There are plenty of good reasons to renovate — from refreshing outdated details to upgrading your home’s tech capabilities to boosting your ROI. But, if you’re the proud parent to a pup (or two, or three), there’s really only one great reason to renovate: to make life more comfortable, safe or fun for your furry friend. From fur-friendly flooring to comfy sleep spaces to renos that make bath-time easier and more, we’ve rounded up the best pet-friendly home renovations and decor ideas that will improve your dog’s life for the better.
From cost to colour to materials, there are plenty of things to consider if you’re renovating your floors this year — but don’t forget to factor in your pets. If you have a pet with claws, you’ll want to opt for flooring in scratch-resistant, easy-to-clean and durable materials (many engineered and laminate floors fare well here). Vinyl flooring is another material to consider (pups may enjoy laying on the cool surface on hot summer days, and vinyl often offers better grip and traction, which can help older dogs get up more comfortably and avoid slipping around while walking).
A Walk-In Shower
Trying to decide between a walk-in shower or a bathtub for your bathroom renovation? The shower might be your best bet if you’re a pet parent. In addition to being more energy efficient and accessible for most people, a walk-in shower can also make washing up considerably easier for your dog — especially if you have a large dog that is challenging to lift in and out of a bath.
A Hand-Held Showerhead for the Bath
Whether you have a shower or a shower in a tub, installing a handheld showerhead can make your pet’s bathtime quicker, more efficient and less of a chore for you (and for your pup). And, if it’s easier to keep your pet clean (and to quickly wash muddy paws after outdoor playtime), it’s also easier to keep your home clean and fresh — which is a win-win.
Whether your dog is petite, has mobility issues or is a senior, there are plenty of reasons why trotting up stairs or jumping high may be challenging for them. Enter: ramps and inclines that help your furry friend easily make it up (and down) when they want to rest on the couch or bed, or even when they need an assist making it up the front steps to reach the front door. Dog ramps are even one of the Property Brothers’ favourite pet-friendly reno ideas.
A Pup-Sized Outdoor Cottage
We’re big fans of making the most of our outdoor living areas, which means creating special spaces for our pets to enjoy. While your pup may be perfectly happy to run free in the backyard, you can also give them a cozy place to relax near the family. Want a doggone-adorable example? This mini dog cottage, which Scott McGillivray installed as part of this pet-friendly vacation rental, takes the concept of the dog house to luxe new levels.
A Plush Window Seat
Another simple reno that your dog will find delightful? A cozy window seat with a view. To achieve this, you can either add a plush cushion to an existing window seat, build a built-in area or even add a bench (topped with some soft textiles, naturally) beside your furry-friend’s most-loved window.
A Fenced-In Area
Dogs love to run and play outside, but it’s not always safe to let them run in an open area. If you have a yard, installing secure fencing around the perimeter adds ROI-boosting privacy for you and safer space for play for your pup.
Built-In Beds, Crates and Nooks
Does your home have a nook that feels like wasted space? Turn it into a cozy, dedicated nap-time paradise for your pup. Does your dog like to cuddle up in their crate? You may consider creating a comfy built-in sleeping space — like the Fixer to Fabulous team did with this built-in pet crate area. Not ready to commit to the built-in sleep space for your pet? These dog bed options are super comfy, stylish and easy to move around the house.